When It Comes To Bathing, Temperature Matters

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We all have our preferences. Some people prefer hot and sunny days. Others like cooler temperatures. When it comes to bathing, opinions also vary. There are those who greatly enjoy hot and steamy baths. For others, cooler bathing experiences are best. Ideally, a person’s bath temperature should be just a few degrees higher than his/her normal body temperature. But, of course, many people don’t feel this is hot enough.

For seniors, bath temperature is very important to consider. You certainly want to ensure that it is never too hot or too cold. You don’t want to put them at risk of any ill health effects because of their bath temperatures.

Why You Don’t Want the Bath Water Too Hot

It should come as no surprise to you that hot bath water can be very dangerous for elderly people. This is especially true for older adults with underlying health issues. Does the senior in your home have any vision impairments? Does he/she have trouble with balance? Is his/her reaction time fairly slow? If there are any issues present, a senior could end up scalding his/her skin without any way to quickly and safely exit the bath.

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“Hot water can cause blood vessels near the surface of the skin to dilate, which causes a rush of blood to infiltrate the upper layers of the skin,” explains Carefect Home Health Care Services, “Over time, if your elderly loved one lays in the bathtub for extended periods of time, then their bodies will try to compensate for this excessive blood. Overcompensation can lead to cardiac strain, which can lead to heart problems.”

Why You Don’t Want the Bath Water Too Cold

As you’re surely aware, you definitely don’t want an elderly person’s bathing experience to be a freezing one! The cold temperature can exacerbate health problems, especially in those with respiratory issues. In addition to the expected sneezing and sniffing that come with colds, a cold bath can lead to hypothermia. This condition occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can produce it.

“Hypothermia is when your body’s core temperature falls to lower than 95 degrees,” explains Cleveland Clinic, “It occurs when your body can’t produce enough energy to keep the internal body temperature warm enough. Symptoms include lack of coordination, mental confusion, slowed reactions, shivering, and sleepiness.”

How Does Shower Bay Help To Avoid Temperature Issues During Bathing?

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For many seniors, walk-in tubs are chosen as solutions to their mobility issues. To avoid stepping in and out of a bathtub, and risking a fall, they simply walk into their tubs through the open doors. Once the doors are closed, however, that’s when the filling of the bathtubs can start. Depending on how long this takes, seniors can find themselves sitting in cold and uncomfortable environments.

Shower Bay, on the other hand, is a portable shower that can be assembled in any room of the home where a faucet is nearby. Because it is a shower and not a bath, the entire sitting and waiting process isn’t necessary. Instead, the water can be turned on at the desired temperature and the user can enjoy a warm shower with running water!

If you have any questions about our Shower Bay portable showers, please don’t hesitate to contact us to ask them. Give us a call at 1-877-593-4461 or email us at info@showerbay.com.

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